South Side choreographer fears sidelining of black creators as hip hop dance blows up

 
alt text By Briana Madden, Real Chi Youth Reporter
 
 

Hip hop dance has been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years, largely due to the advent of omnipresent social media. We see versions of movement that stem from hip hop in everything from advertising to musicals, yet the black creators of this art form are slipping through the cracks. In this conversation, Real Chi Youth reporter Briana Madden sat down with Monyett Crump, a widely-respected teacher, choreographer and director within the Chicago and national dance communities. Monyett discusses the media’s consumption of hip hop and his hopes for the increasing respect and recognition of black culture.